Spotlight on Bondi

18 September 2015

Shuk, Bondi

Shuk, Bondi

The beach may be its greatest claim to fame, but Bondi’s latte-life and restaurant scene come a very close second. Jaw-dropping views to fresh seafood, superfood smoothies to old-school fine dining – Bondi will have you fed, watered and sunned to perfection.

1. Sean’s Panaroma

This unpretentious restaurant has been a local favourite for over two decades. It feels more like you’re having a meal at your best friend’s place – except the food is slightly more upmarket. If only your best friend could cook this well! The tiny open kitchen, headed by Chef Sean Moran, churns out a handful of innovative Modern Australian dishes that change daily.

2. North Bondi Fish

Overlooking the esplanade and iconic Bondi Beach, North Bondi Fish may well be this suburb’s finest restaurant. Nothing is more appropriate for this location than fish and chips, but the kitchen offers more than your ordinary fried affair. Celebrity Chef Matt Moran delivers you a grown-up, stylish take on ocean food. The decor is ‘beach house up the coast’ with a cute nautical theme and a breezy feel. Perfect for a Sunday lunch sipping rosé and people watching.

3. Lox Stock & Barrel

Sydney’s little slice of the Upper West Side, Lox Stock & Barrel is a New York-style deli that bakes its own bagels, rye and challah bread. The menu features classic Jewish dishes such as homemade brisket pastrami alongside Bondi-friendly options (think kale salads and sprouted quinoa toast).

4. Sefa Kitchen

Right on busy Bondi Road former Embers Mezze Bar Chef Simon Zalloua runs the kitchen, delivering some of the best Middle Eastern fare in Sydney. The mezze style dishes come from Zalloua’s Lebanese upbringing, with added inspiration from Arabic and Moorish cooking traditions. The open, rustic space is sweetly furnished with wooden trimmings, hanging pot plants and colourful illustrations on the exposed brick walls.

5. Icebergs

Icebergs Dining Room and Bar possesses one of the most coveted locations in Sydney; its second story site hovering above the iconic Iceberg’s ocean pool, with a view out over south Bondi’s crashing waves. Unsurprisingly, seafood is the star of a menu that showcases seasonal produce and is cooked with a regional Italian bent. The teal and glass dining room offers cushions and hammocks, inviting guests to relax and enjoy the uninterrupted views of the beach.

6. Bills Bondi

Since starting in Darlinghurst, he’s helmed restaurants in Japan, Honolulu and the UK. And now, finally, household name Bill Granger has opened in his own neighbourhood. Bill’s famous ricotta hotcakes and corn fritters will, of course, be on the menu, alongside other standout dishes such as chilled tea smoked trout and green tea noodles.

7. Da Orazio Pizza and Porchetta

Sidling up beside A Tavola Bondi and China Diner in Hall Street’s foodie complex, Da Orazio Pizza + Porchetta is from restaurateur Maurice Terzini. Heading up the kitchen is former Becasse head chef Monty Koludrovic, who delivers an Italian-inspired menu focused on the pizza oven and, of course, spit-roasted Berkshire pork.

8. China Diner

With a 1930s Shanghai-inspired interior, this restaurant brings top-quality Modern Asian food to Bondi. Much-loved by tourists and locals alike, the 220 seater’s menu takes cues from South East Asia and China, with dishes such as masterstock pork belly and crispy skin drunken chicken. Start with a cocktail, order the banquet menu and see where the night takes you.

9. Shuk

Just 10 minutes’ walk from Bondi’s famous surf and sand is Shuk, a corner cafe built on the tradition of the Israeli marketplace. Shuk lives up to the hustle and bustle of its namesake, with fresh local ingredients poured into a Mediterranean-inspired menu, plus there’s pastries and breads that are baked on site every day. Grab a coffee and choose a treat from the artisan deli counter if you’re on the run.

10. The Crabbe Hole

The view doesn’t get much better than this. Perched over Bondi Icebergs pool (just below Icebergs restaurant), enjoy a flat white and BLT while watching Sydney’s finest and fittest hit the surf, practice yoga or swim some laps. After you’ve bathed in some sunlight, go for a wander around the coastline to nearby Tamarama or Bronte.

Explore the bustling strip of cafes, eateries and restaurants, there’s plenty to eat and drink in Bondi!